Kamron Graham, J.D.
Kamron (she/her) was born and raised in rural Hillsboro. She is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and studied law as a mid-career change after over a decade of non-profit management and program development. As an attorney, Kamron has worked for Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Clackamas County Circuit Court, and served as Deputy Public Guardian and Conservator for Multnomah County for nine years.
Kamron is the past President of the Oregon State Bar, immediate Past President of Oregon Women Lawyer’s Foundation, Past President and current treasurer for OGALLA: Oregon’s LGTBQ Bar Association, past board member of Queen’s Bench, and past trustee for the Washington State Bar Association Foundation. In 2023 she was appointed to the Professionalism Committee and the Advisory Committee to Diversity at Inclusion (ACDI) at the Oregon State Bar. Kamron was recently recognized as a 2023 Super Lawyer.
Kamron is focused on access to justice for all, working alongside underserved populations, centering diversity equity and inclusion, and modernizing how legal services are offered.
In her spare time, Kamron enjoys women’s soccer, biking alone and playing board games with family.
Kristina (she/her) was born and raised in the Seattle area and moved to Portland in early 2002. While working as a barista, she attended Portland State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2006. She then moved to Southern California to be closer to family and broadened her administrative experience in the medical and dental fields.
In 2010 Kristina moved back to Portland and decided to further her education at Portland Community College and received her Associate Paralegal Degree in 2017.
Kristina has been the Treasurer on the Board of Directors at a local non-profit for almost 5 years and continues to find fulfillment working in the non-profit sector.
In her spare time, Kristina loves to paint, draw, and attend concerts when she can.
Riley Gombart, J.D.
Estate Planning & Probate Director
Riley (he/him) has been a Pacific Northwesterner for most of his life, growing up in Battle Ground, WA before settling in Portland. His practice has consisted of estate planning, probate, and business, but his passion is in developing systems and processes to improve the efficiency and quality of legal services to better reach currently under-served populations.
Riley received a B.A., cum laude, with a major in Business Administration from Washington State University (Vancouver) in 2011 and earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2016 from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was an Article Editor of the Lewis & Clark Law Review.
In his spare time, Riley enjoys playing tabletop games with friends and family, hiking fantastic local trails, and perfecting favorite dishes from his backyard garden’s harvest. Whenever possible, he relishes the opportunity to travel with his wife to castles, art museums, and other stunning landmarks around the world while experiencing the local culture.
Ekua Hackman, J.D.
Staff Attorney | Estate Planning & Probate
Ekua (she/her) graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2015. During her time in law school, Ekua was an active member of the Multicultural Law Student Association and the Women’s Law Caucus. She knew early on that she wanted to serve the community, and so spent a year working in the Willamette Clinical Law Program with a focus on estate planning. After graduating, Ekua worked a year and a half as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Cheryl Albrecht. Ekua joined The Commons because she has a passion for helping build intergenerational wealth within the Black community. Ekua also currently serves as President of the National Bar Association's Oregon Chapter. Ekua was recently awarded the PBJ 40 Under 40 Award and Willamette Week's Skidmore Prize.
In her free time, Ekua enjoys science fiction & fantasy, baking, and live music.
Paralegal | Tenant Eviction Defense
While a long-time PNW resident, Amy (she/her) recently moved from office operations with a Clark College Associate’s Degree to study the art of Paralegal work with Portland Community College’s certificate program. With a fondness for the city of Portland and a fierce love of the surrounding environment, they aim to expand their ability to help our surrounding community and our beautiful corner of the world through the legal system.
Amy's love of friends and family, architecture, science fiction & fantasy, and gardening bring inspiration to her life, while at work or rest.
Kirin Gay, J.D.
Fellow Attorney | Tenant Eviction Defense
Kirin earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon in 2023. While in law school, they spent their free time volunteering at the Springfield Eugene Tenants Association explaining applicable law to local tenants and connecting them with resources. Additionally, Kirin was proud to sit on the board of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference arranging panels of lawyers and scientists to speak on pressing environmental justice issues. Today, Kirin Enjoys roller skating with law school friends, playing online chess, and showing their senior chihuahua around Portland’s parks.
Amanda Caffall, J.D.
Tenant Law & Deputy Director
Raised in the foothills of Mt. St. Helens, Amanda (she/her) grew to love nature and commuting by bicycle in the city. She graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University and with honors from Lewis and Clark Law School, as a member of the Cornelius Honor Society and recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award. For more than twenty-five years, teams have relied on her to build energy out of ideas. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, she received local awards for her work with The Commons Law Center, including the Oregon State Bar's Oregon New Lawyer's Division's Public Service Award, the Oregon State Bar President's Technology and Innovation Award, Lewis & Clark Law School's Community Spirit Distinguished Honor. In 2022, she was named among the Fastcase 50, a national award honoring the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.
She enjoys spending time with her two kids, walking outside, escaping wifi for extended periods, and just joined a martial arts gym.
Tyler (he/him) was raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas, then moved to Portland, Oregon in 2017 for a change of scenery. Over the last few years, he's been waiting tables while completing his Associate Paralegal Degree at Portland Community College. Tyler will be finished with his studies this fall when he plans to complete the NFPA Paralegal Certification. His goal is to better serve our community by providing more affordable legal services and creating easier access to justice that is fair and equal to all.
During Tyler's free time you might find him enjoying the outdoors with his dog, or attending live music concerts with his partner. He also enjoys practicing classical piano, learning to speak Spanish, and playing video games.
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Emma (she/they) was born and raised in Southeast Portland Oregon and graduated from local Cleveland High School with an international baccalaureate diploma.
They went on to study at Humboldt State University, nestled in the beautiful Redwood forest of Northern California. Emma got her degree in International Studies and Spanish and spent time traveling and studying abroad in Eastern Spain.
Outside of work they has been spending time doing community development and outreach to the houseless population. In her free time Emma enjoys cooking and honing her craft in jewelry making, rock tumbling and pottery.
Craig Colby, J.D.
Senior Advisor | Tenant Law
After graduating from Michigan in mathematics, Craig (he/him) switched to law for reasons ideological and to have stories to tell at parties. Law review published his comment on civil disobedience. After practicing with legal aid in Detroit he moved to Portland, where his general practice concentrated on landlord-tenant law starting in 1990. He maintained 400 pages of annotations to Oregon's Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, which he made available for free to lawyers with organizations serving the poor. He retired from practicing and publishing at the start of 2020 -- never guessing that COVID was about to intensify the isolation of retirement -- but has come back into the fray in a non-practicing role.
Hobbies include auditing math classes at Portland State University, modifying loudspeakers, and reading about the Civil War.
Marguerite Stewart, J.D.
Staff Attorney | Family Law
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Marguerite (she/her) graduated from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2019 with a Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law. She relocated to Oregon with her partner in 2022 and has come to call the state home.
Marguerite’s practice focuses on all things family law. While in Louisiana, Marguerite worked as a family law attorney for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and Acadiana Legal Services Corporation, with the goal of providing access to justice for underserved communities. In 2021 and 2022, she served as Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Family Law Task Force where she presented in-person and web-based CLEs, developed written training materials for attorneys and non-attorney advocates alike, and participated in various community outreach programs.
In Marguerite’s spare time you might find her daydreaming, learning new languages, or exploring the Pacific Northwest with her partner and beloved Australian Shepherd, Doc.
Paralegal | Tenant Eviction Defense
Born and raised in San Francisco, California Lucas (he/him) received his B.A. with a major in Global Art Studies at University of California Merced in 2018. During this time, he did a semester abroad in London where he studied art and public health.
In 2019 Lucas moved up to Portland after wanting a change of pace where he found a job at Voodoo Doughnut, where he quickly rose through the ranks and became a manager. Lucas also occupies his time volunteering for the Portland Film Festival where he became the Director of Prescreening.
At the end of 2022, Lucas attended the Paralegal Certificate Program at Portland Community College to further his education, knowledge and his desire to give back to the community. Lucas graduated the program in 2023 with full honors.
In his free time, you can find Lucas volunteering with the Portland Film festival, visiting museums, attending shows, and traveling.
Julia Winett, J.D.
Fellow Attorney | Tenant Eviction Defense
Julia (she/her) was raised in Oregon, and studied Public Health and French at Oregon State University. She recently returned to Oregon from Massachusetts, where received her Juris Doctorate at Northeastern University School of Law. Passionate about health and social equity, Julia is excited and grateful to have joined The Commons as part of their Tenant Eviction Defense team.
In her free time, Julia is most likely surrounded by various half-complete crafts, lounging with her cat, learning something new, or exploring outside.
Board of Directors
John E. Grant, J.D.
John is a lawyer, an ops guy, a consultant, a team-builder, and a hacker, though not necessarily in that order. By day he is a legal operations strategist and law firm process consultant. He served as co-chair of the Oregon State Bar's Innovations Committee and is a former member of its Board of Governors.
Kimberly Pray, J.D., LL.M.
As board president, Kimberly has nearly two decades' experience in nonprofit leadership and organizational development. As one of the founding partners of Catalyst Law, LLC, a women-owned B-Corporation and initial investor in the Commons, she counsels change-makers how to leverage impact for their families, businesses, and communities in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and business law.
Jim Dwyer, J.D.
Jim has been practicing law since 1989 and loves to make the law a non-intimidating process for his clients. His firm is deeply committeed to everyone having access to legal help regardless of their financial means. He believes our society, and its laws, are only as good as a person's access to legal help. Jim also has a love of food and he and his wife, Jan, can often be found having dinner with their two daughters and their friends. He has a website, Tipping-the-Scales.com, where he helps attorneys find greater meaning by taking care of their teams, clients, and families.
Fallon Niedrist-Guzman, J.D.
Fallon Niedrist is a Deputy City Attorney with the City of Portland, where her practice focuses on labor and employment. Fallon primarily advises Portland’s public safety bureaus and serves as an advisor on many other labor and employment issues facing the City. Before coming to the City, Fallon worked as in-house counsel for a large insurance company handling employment benefits and data privacy issues, and worked in private practice providing labor and employment advice to numerous industries. In her spare time, you’ll find Fallon enjoying the great Pacific Northwest by hiking and paddle boarding, powerlifting at her local gym, or hitting up concerts.
Jered is a litigation paralegal at O’Hagan Meyer, specializing in labor and employment matters. With a diverse career that spans disability advocacy, complex healthcare litigation, and labor and employment maters, Jered brings a wealth of experience.
Having served as a past president of Oregon Paralegal Association, Jered is deeply committed to the legal community. He has also held various board positions within the association,
contributing to his expertise and leadership. Jered played a crucial role as an advisor to the Oregon State Bar Paraprofessional Licensing Committee, showcasing his commitment to advancing the paralegal profession.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Jered leads an active lifestyle. Whether he’s exploring the Pacific Northwest, embarking on new travel adventures, or pursuing his passion for running, Jered approaches life with enthusiasm and a spirit of exploration.
Lewis Landerholm, J.D.
A decade in business management led Lewis to found his firm as a new lawyer in 2009. Recognizing too many people needed family law help, Lewis and his team launched a new project in 2014 to serve clients of lesser means, Affordable Family Law of Oregon. Lewis is a mentor to the kids sports teams he coaches and to his legal team.
Kristie Gibson, J.D.
Kristie Gibson is an assistant clinical professor and supervising attorney in the Business Law Clinic at the University of Oregon School of Law.
Prior to joining Oregon Law, Kristie was a business attorney with the firm of Gartland, Nelson, McCleery & Wade, P.C. in Eugene, and she served as in-house counsel for Gibson Holders, Inc. for nine years, prior to joining Gartland Nelson.
Kristie is a graduate of the University of Oregon (B.A. political science), the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D.), Willamette University College of Law (LL.M. Transnational Law), and she studied Chinese Law and Legal Systems at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai,
She is a past-president of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation and of the Lane County Bar Association. She currently serves on the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates and the OSB Corporate Counsel Section Advisory Committee, and she is an American Bar Foundation Fellow. Kristie has served on the Lane County Campaign for Equal Justice Steering Committee for over a decade. She recently joined the CEJ Advisory Committee and has served as a CEJ Region 2 state-wide co-chair.
Megan Harney, J.D.
Megan Harney (she/they) is a staff attorney at Northwest Justice Project where she represents low-income clients in civil matters including housing, government benefits, health, education, and civil rights.
Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, Megan lived in Brooklyn and practiced disability advocacy at The Legal Aid Society of NYC. Megan also served on the NYC Bar’s LGBTQ Rights Committee for three years, working specifically on criminal justice and issues impacting youth. Megan is the co-founder of NJP’s monthly Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic.
Megan is committed to cultivating queer community in and out of the office, she co-organizes a queer soccer club in Portland.
Our advisory board is chaired by Kristen West McCall, partner at Pickett Dummigan McCall.
- Susan Gary, University of Oregon
- Ward Greene, Williams Kastner
- Neil Kimmelfield, Lane Powell, Retired Shareholder
- Damien Munsinger, Klein Munsinger LLC
- Penny H. Serrurier, Stoel Rives, Managing Partner
- Michele E. Wasson, Riverview Trust Company
- Harry Wilson, Markowitz Herbold, Shareholder
- Josh Barrett, Create Legal
- Sean Blixseth, US Panasonic
- Susan B. Bock, Stoel Rives
- Tabitha Brincat, Brincat & New, PC
- Todd Cleek, Cleek Law Offices, LLC
- Brooks Cooper, Draneas Huglin Cooper, LLC
- Bryson Davis, Sussman Shank
- Jack Dekovich, McKinley Irvin
- Mary Dougherty, Brownstein Rask LLC
- James Dole, Watkinson Laird Rubenstein
- Jim Geringer, Klarquist
- Leigh Gill, Immix Law Group
- Alex Gund, Swider Haver
- Michael Hallas, Stumptown Law
- Victoria Hines, Goldberg Jones
- Ryan Howard, Ryan Howard Law
- Will Jones, Landerholm Law
- Lindsay Kearl, Legacy Preservation Law
- John Koch, Koch Law
- Rebecca Kueny, Kueny Law LLC
- Lewis Landerholm, Landerholm Law
- Henry LeSueur, The LeSueur Law Firm
- Jack Lundeen, Retired
- Bill Manne, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
- Steven Mastanduno, Mastanduno Law Group
- Melissa May, Duffy Kekel LLP
- Anastasia Yu Meisner, Samuels Yoelin Kantor
- Fallon Niedrist, City of Portland
- Julie Nimnicht, Law Offices of Geoff Barnhart
- Jennifer Peckham, Elizabeth Christy Law Firm
- Kimberly Pray, Catalyst Law
- Joanna Posey, Posey Legal
- Valerie Sasaki, Samuels Yoelin Kantor
- Susan Lee Schwartz, Sharon Lee Schwartz LLC
- Ashley Sundar, Sundar Law LLC
- Vanessa Usui, Duffy Kekel LLP
- Terry Wright, Willamette University
- Arnold Wuhrman, The Wuhrman Law Group